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report from south africa on >> pelley: tonight, the verdict in the oscar pistorius murder trial. >> he's found guilty of culpable homicide. >> pelley: guilty, but will the olympic runner go to prison? debora patta is in south africa. a teenager serving three life sentences for a deadly school shooting escapes from prison. michelle miller has the latest. david martin has new details of the rescue mission to save two american journalists from isis and why it failed. and steve hartman "on the road." can you believe someone once called this young man a nerd? >> i was proud of it. >> reporter: right. >> it was like a badge of honor to me. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. a world-famous athlete shoots
his girlfriend to death. he claims it was an accident, but he's prosecuted for murder in a dramatic trial that holds the attention of millions around the globe for months. today, the verdict in the the case of oscar pistorius. the disabled olympian, known as the the blade runner. debora patta is in south africa. >> reporter: the celebrated track star stood passively as the judge read out her verdict. >> guilty of culpable homicide. >> reporter: guilty of manslaughter but cleared of murder. judge thokozile masipa said she believed pistorius shot his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp, by accident, mistaking her for a burglar. >> it cannot be said that the accused did not entertain a genuine belief that there was an intruder in the toilet who posed a threat to him. >> reporter: pistorius was also found guilty of negligence when his gun accidentally went off in a crowded restaurant.
in a country still struggling with issues of race and violence, reaction to the verdict was swift. forensic scientist dr. david klatzow told us he was astounded at the decision and he believed the judge's interpretation of the law was wrong. was justice served? >> i don't think so. i think that there's a problem, and i think that it is a step backwards for a violent society where there are a lot of people out there with guns. it sends a very negative message out to the country. >> reporter: klatzow said he couldn't understand how the judge came to the conclusion that pistorius didn't intend to kill steenkamp after high feared not one but four shots through the bathroom door. but thokozile masipa said pistorius tried to resuscitate an unconscious steenkamp, which was inconsistent with someone who wanted to commit murder. the steenkamp family sat stoned faced but her friends could not hold back their tears.
pistorius and his family looked relieved. sam taylor, a former girlfriend who testified in the trial, spoke out today against pistorius. taylor said that twice he'd been so drunk and aggressive that she'd hid his gun in fear for her life. >> he was kind of like, "where's my gun? i need my gun. i can't go to bed without my gun." i thought if there's a gun around anything can go wrong so i prevented it as much as i could. >> reporter: culpable homicide is a serious conviction in south africa, but sentencing is entirely at the judge's discretion, and could range from a fine to 15 years behind bars. but the prosecution is bitterly disappointed with today's ruling and will consider whether it appeals the verdict once that sentence has been handed down. that will take place on october 13. >> pelley: debora patta outside the high court in pretoria. debora, thanks very much. and cbs news will have more about the pistorius case on a special friday's edition of "48 hours." that's tonight at 8:00, 7:00
central time. there is breaking news tonight involving another nfl star. our cbs station in minneapolis, wcco, says it has confirmed through multiple sources that minnesota vikings running back adrian peterson has been indicted in texas on charges of child abuse. the houston chronicle is reporting that a warrant has been issued for peterson's arrest. vladimir duthiers is following this. vlad. >> reporter: scott, according to wcco, the alleged victim is peterson's four-year-old son who was visiting the nfl star at his home in texas last may. now, according to wcco, these are photos of the boy's injuries. he has several cuts and bruises over various parts of his body after visiting peterson, the station says the boy returned to his mother in minnesota. she says she noticed the injuries and took him to the doctor. now, after the doctor examined the child, the doctor then contacted authorities in texas.
investigators say peterson admitted to whipping the child with a switch, which is a branch from a tree. now, peterson didn't practice with the team yesterday but he was back on the field today. the vikings have released a statement which resident they are, "in the process of gathering information regarding the legal situation involving adrian peterson. at this time, we will defer further questions to adrian's attorney rusty harden." and, scott, no decision has been made yet on whether the six-time pro bowler will play this sunday. >> pelley: and the associated press is just reporting that an attorney is confirming that peterson has been indicted on child abuse charges. vlad, thank you very much. today, the nfl players association received official confirmation today that former baltimore ravens running back ray rice is suspended indefinitely for punching his then-fiance in an atlantic city hotel. rice was initially suspended for two games, but nfl commissioner roger goodell made it indefinite on monday after video surfaced that showed the attack.
goodell insists he did not see the video before this week. one person who did see that video months ago was the local prosecutor. and now some are questioning his decision to let rice enter a counseling program instead of facing trial for assault. elaine quijano has been looking into this. >> reporter: atlantic county prosecutor jim mcclain says ray rice did not receive special treatment by avoiding jail time and probation. despite having strong evidence that rice assaulted his then-fiance, janay palmer, inside a casino elevator, prosecutor mclain signed off on an agreement which allowed rice to enter a pretrial intervention program, often called p.t.i. rice could have his record wiped clean if he completes anger management counseling. former bergin county, new jersey, prosecutor ray flood says it was the right call. >> i don't in any way fault the judgment made by the atlantic
county prosecutor to admit him into the program. >> reporter: she was knocked unconscious. >> but when i talk about, you know, the legal definition of serious bodily injury in new jersey, which is what you would have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt for an aggravated assault, that means there would have to be the-- a substantial risk of death. >> reporter: but former atlantic county prosecutor david glassman says rice got off too easy. >> i don't think p.t.i. was intended for these types of cases. there's no question that what you saw on that video could have easily been a death blow. >> reporter: the debate is now. law. in the last year, 7,082 cases were resolved through new jersey's p.t.i. program. those eligible generally have no criminal record in the prior five years. the prosecutor then has the discretion to look at the circumstances surrounding the crime and to consider a victim's wishes. new jersey senate president stephen sweeney: >> the thing that troubles me
the most here is we watched a woman be savagely beaten and a slap on the wrist, and if if there was no special treatment and this was the routine process, we in new jersey-- and i don't know about other states-- we in new jersey have to relook our laws on domestic violence because it's not acceptable. >> reporter: prosecutor mclain declined our repeated requests for an interview, but earlier this week he told a local newspaper, "i just want people to know the decision was made after careful consideration of the law, careful consideration of the facts, hearing the voice of the victim." janay palmer did support ray rice's application to enter the p.t.i. program. as for law, scott, senator sweeney says he has asked the state attorney general to review the prosecutor's decision. >> pelley: elaine, thanks very much. today, the u.s. military told us it conducted two more air strikes in iraq to protect the mosul dam and the kurdish capital of erbil from isis fighters. over the past month, the sunni terrorists bed haded two
american journalists in retaliation, they said, for u.s. attacks on isis targets. tonight, david martin has new details of the attempt earlier this summer to rescue them. >> reporter: the attempt to rescue american00s james foley and steven sotloff was larger than the raid which killed osama bin laden. between 70 and 80 commandos took part, flying into syria aboard a small armada of helicopters. they hit two targets, one the building in which the hostages were believed held, and the other, a divisionary target. while part of the force hit the divisionary target, members the delta hostage rescue team searched the building where foley and sotloff were believed held. the00s were gone, although there was evidence they had once been there. the commandos were on the ground for about an hour, and by some estimates, killed as many as 50 or 60 isis fighters suffering one wounded when a helicopter pilot was shot through the leg. the syrian military turned off
its air defenses during much of the raid for fear of drawing fire from drones and fighter jets circling overhead. the commandos had hit the right billion, which had been identified through the f.b.i.'s debriefing of freed european hostages, once held with foley and sotloff. but u.s. intelligence had not detected that they had been moved. one official blamed that failure on a decision not to put reconnaissance drones over the building between time it was identified and the night of the raid. other westerners, including americans, are still being held by isis, and uncertainty about their location is complicating plans for air strikes into syria. scott. >> pelley: david martin at the pentagon for us tonight. david, thanks very much. the united states and the european union hit russia with more economic sanctioned today for supporting the rebels fighting ukraine's government. the american sanctions target russia's largest bank, plus five
defense tirms and five energy companies. that could bring several offshore oil projects to a halt. russia's foreign ministry called the new sanctions a hostile step, and vowed to retaliate. a stormy week on the sun creating a brilliant light show here on earth. and the mayor who smoked crack makes a surprising announcement about his political future when the cbs evening news continues.
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>> >> pelley: there's an investigation under we this evening into how three inmates escaped yesterday from a state prison in lima, ohio. one of them is a teenager convicted in a deadly school shooting. all have been recaptured. here's michelle miller. >> reporter: the three prisoners were in the exercise yard when they climbed over the fence. >> just spoke with one of the correction officers. he advised that the two were we're trying to track down are both doing life. they've got nothing to lose here, so be alert. >> reporter: t.j. lane was captured six hours later. he was hiding near a church just 100 yards away. dina parmertor's son, daniel, was killed by lane at chardon high school in 2012. what was your reaction to finding out, learning that t.j. lane had escaped? >> i was-- i was like, "what?" i really, really could not believe it. >> reporter: were you fearful that he might come here is it? >> i really kind of got a panic attack a little bit.
and i thought,un, being a mother, my thoughts were, okay, he's coming here taking care of my family. he's going to try to take care of the rest of my family now. that's what i thought. >> reporter: the allen correctional facility in lima, ohio, is described as a medium-scriewrt prison. a union representative says dprds learned an escape was being planned. despite warnings, security was not increased. t.j. lane is serving three consecutive life sentences for kill three students and wounding three others. he smirk spd wrote a shirt with killer written on it at his sentencing. >> danny's birthday wassitudes, september 9. 19 years ago it was the happiest days of my life. now it's one of the most painful. he was-- he was so bright. he could have done so many things, and all that's lost. it's so hurtful. you know, it's not going to go away.
that's my son. >> reporter: officials here at chardon high school decided that it would be best to cancel classes for the day, and, scott, t.j. lane has been moved to ohio's maximum security prison. >> pelley: michelle miller in chardon, ohio, michelle, thanks very much. the earth was zapped today by a solar storm. it was born wednesday, when the sun shot out one of its biggest flares in years. the radiation can disrupt the power grid, but there are no reports of that so far. it's expected to create a dazzling display in the sky. northern lights like these may be visible as far south as cleveland. toronto's larger-than-life mayor has been a comedy writer's dream, but today he delivered some serious news. that's next.
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he's being treated for a tumor in his abandon. it's a sad end to a term in office that inspired a lot of jokes. here's dean reynolds. >> reporter: toronto's political zeppelin fell to earth today. mayor robert walters ford's statement from his hospital bed said, my heart is heavy when i tell you that i'm unable to continue my campaign for reelection." since taking office in 2010, the mayor's well-chronicled history of substance abuse has drawn international attention. one bleary-eyed session was captured on a cell phone camera. >> yes, i have smoked crack cocaine, but, no, do i? am i an addict? no. have i tried it-- probably in one of my drunken stupors. >> reporter: intemperate behavior came along with it, whether it was ford bullrushing a city council woman or wrestling reportersed on his house. >> you can get off my driveway, please. >> reporter: he became the perfect late-night punch line but there was nothing funny about ford going into rehab
earlier this year or his abject apology when he got out. >> i'm embarrassed and humiliated. >> reporter: but that's not the end of this story. ford's older brother, doug, is taking his place on the ballot as a candidate for mayor, and the mayor himself may now seek a city council seat in the toronto election next month. ♪ i will feel all right oarpt o, canada. dean reynolds, cbs news, chicago. >> pelley: we got a look today at some remarkable surgery in israel. for 20 years, this professional violinist suffered from tumors. well, this week, to try to stop the tremors, surgeons implanted an electronic device in her brain. since that part of the brain does not feel pain, the doctors were able to keep her awake and playing the violin during the surgery. so they would know exactly where to position the device.
>> >> pelley: finally tonight, you can't judge a book by its cover, or we might add, a football player by his jersey. here's steve hartman "on the road." >> reporter: in athens, georgia, in the bestseller section of this barnes and noble, kathy rackley found a novel story of her own. >> i mean a chance encounter in
a bookstore. how wonderful is that? >> reporter: did you have any idea at all who he was? >> none. >> reporter: and you didn't tell her? >> i didn't. but i knew they were going to find out. >> yeah. >> but i wasn't going to say it. >> reporter: the fact is, kathy may have been the only one in athens who didn't know the name malcolm mitchel. number 26 for the university of georgia bulldogs was one of the top recruits in the country a few years ago. he's georgia royalty, and presumably, if kathy had known, that she wouldn't have stood in that barnes & noble talking his ear off about the book club she'd just joined. >> i mean, he like stepped back and said "you did?" "can i join your book club?" i said i don't know if you want to join mine. we're all 40, 50, and 60-year-old women. >> reporter: but malcolm was undeterred. so now one of the top wide receivers in the country meets monthly with his book club lady friends. >> oh, yeah. and then he went to the wedding? >> i loved that part. ( laughter ) >> reporter: he's the only man and the youngest by a generation. but malcolm doesn't care, nor
does he care what anyone thinks. >> somebody called me a nerd. it's not a word i'm used to hearing. >> schieffer: is it okay, though? are you okay with the label? >> i was proud of it? >> right. >> it's like a badge of honor to me. knowing where i came from. >> reporter: malcolm confessed to me that when he started college, he could only read at about a junior high level and it bothered him. so he started putting as much effort into his reading game as his football game. every free moment, he had a book in his hand. he's now reading things he never dreamed he could, and although some of the book club selections he would never pick himself, malcolm seems to enjoy them all. >> yeah. the ending was great. >> reporter: looking at your life now, all you've accomplished, what are you most proud of? >> i finished the "hunger games" series in two day. >> reporter: have you seen any of the footage? have you scored touchdowns? that's not your most proud
moment? >> that came natural. that's a gift. i had to work to read. >> reporter: but his greatest talent may lie in his ability to step so outside his comfort zone, to be able to meet people and focus so sincerely on what they have in common instead of their trivial differences. >> nice to meet you. >> nice to meet you. >> reporter: sometimes football makes great men, and sometimes great men just happen to play football. steve hartman, "on the road," in athens, georgia. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley. i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org hey pal? you ready?
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the ray rice scandal changed last night's ravens game, and it has everybody speaking out today. >> yeah. i'm speaking to mike tyson's ex about it, and can you believe that chris brown is giving ray rice advice? >> it will bottle up in you, and you become a monster. >> we saw chris' ex rihanna out as the game's open with her song was pulled. >> and then some fans actually honored ray rice just like after the first video emerged. he was given a standing ovation. -p>> why do you think they did that? >> hear what robin givens tells me about domestic violence and mike tyson. >> really a piece of [ bleep ]. >> makes my heart beat fast. >> then robert downey jr. in court as his son faces drug charges. >> plus, was joan rivers' clinic doctor fired amid the death investigation? >> and also tonight, we have the making of carrie w